The Macintosh (branded as Mac since 1998) is a series of personal computers (PCs) designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc. Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer on January 10, 1984. This was the company’s first mass-market personal computer featuring an integral graphical user interface and mouse. This first model was later renamed to “Macintosh 128k” for uniqueness amongst a populous family of subsequently updated models which are also based on Apple’s same proprietary architecture. Since 1998, Apple has largely phased out the Macintosh name in favor of “Mac”, though the product family has been nicknamed “Mac” or “the Mac” since the development of the first model.
Macintosh Fun Facts
- Apple released a computer in January 1983 named The Apple Lisa. The extremely expensive Apple Lisa, which predated the Mac, was named after Steve Jobs’s daughter Lisa and was priced at $10,000!
- The original cost of the Apple I in US was $666.66. Only 220 copies of the Apple I were made until they came out with the popoular Apple II
- The Macintosh II or Mac II was the first Mac with color capabilities – a graphics card could be installed capable of handling up to 16.7 milion colors! It originally sold for $3,898 for the basic system, and at $5,498 for 1 MB of RAM, one 800K floppy disk drive and one 40 MB internal SCSI hard disk drive.
- Every original Mac is autographed. Inside the beige plastic enclosure of every 128K Macintosh—the first model sold—were engraved signatures from everyone on the Apple Mac team, including Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
- The Mac couldn’t multi-task until 1987.